The Mariinsky Theatre, inaugurated in 1860, stands as a cultural beacon housing the renowned Mariinsky Ballet, Opera, and Orchestra companies with international acclaim.As one of Russia‘s historic opera and ballet institutions, the Mariinsky Theatre holds a prestigious status akin to Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre. Rising to prominence as St. Petersburg’s primary venue when concerns over the Bolshoi Kamenny’s structural integrity emerged, the Mariinsky Opera Company gained global recognition, especially under the leadership of Valery Gergiev since 1988. Establishing collaborations with esteemed opera companies worldwide, the Mariinsky has expanded its influence, enriching its artistic repertoire.
The Mariinsky Theatre serves as the focal point for numerous international opera festivals, notably the Stars of the White Nights festival, unveiling premieres for the upcoming season. In a remarkable development, a second stage was added in 2013—a 2000-seater marvel that came with a staggering cost of EUR 500 million, reinforcing the Mariinsky’s commitment to artistic innovation and excellence.